Historical Archaeology in Africa is an inquiry into the questions that count, proposing different ways of thinking about historical archaeology. Peter Schmidt challenges readers to expand their horizons beyond the ethnocentrism of archaeology, as it is defined and practiced in North America. Confronting topics of oral traditions, our orientation to archaeology, and the misrepresentation of various cultures, Schmidt calls for a new pathway to an enriched, more nuanced, and more inclusive historical archaeology.
Issues of representation, social memory, and oral traditions -- Questions that count : Africa and beyond -- Oral traditions and archaeology : first perspectives -- Critical historical archaeologies and historical representations / with Jonathan Walz -- Social memory, mnemonics, and historical archaeology -- Tropes, space, and historical archaeology -- Moving historical archaeology to symbolic space -- Historical archaeology and representations of iron technology in Africa -- The politics of history making and historical representation of indigenous production -- Historical representations of the Cwezi "dynasty" : how oral traditions and historical archaeology came to support a historical "House of Cards" -- The Cwezi myth of statehood : its resurrection and demise / with Kharyssa Rhodes -- Foreigners or endogenous development in the Horn of Africa? new representations from historical archaeology.
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America